Marco Airport Facilities has taken on five new apprentices after securing a multi-million pound contract with Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL), which will run until 2021. Each intern will benefit from a programme of training and support in airport maintenance services and construction with the opportunity of a hugely rewarding and fulfilling career with the company following successful completion.
The Intermediate Apprenticeship programme enables students to earn as they learn, spending time in college and at Marco, gaining new skills and training alongside experienced staff. At the end of the 24 month course, the apprentices will have achieved qualifications recognised by their chosen profession, as well the ability to perform their job competently.
The Managing Director of Marco, David Gill, interviewed a total of 30 students aged between 16 and 28 years old from the Crawley campus at Central Sussex College and East Surrey College to find five of the best contenders. All of the candidates were selected based on their enthusiasm for the industry, as well as being flexible and showing the right attitude to succeed.
From 30 August Marco welcomed three females – Joanna Buckley and Karis Barnett who are both studying Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting, and Lauren Pratley who is studying Carpentry and Joinery. Two males will also be joining the ranks, Romano Da Garca, who is undertaking an NVQ diploma in Plumbing and Heating, and 17-year-old Callum Law, who has taken up Carpentry.
Marco takes immense pride in their apprenticeship scheme – over the past three years it has proved a great asset to the company having already put through three electricians and a carpenter. David Gill said: “We are committed to developing the talent of younger people and helping them to invest in their future by providing a firm grounding and creating a passion for working in the industry to open doors within the maintenance and construction sectors.
“We have already seen our apprenticeship schemes provide a solid foundation for first year and second year students from local colleges, not just in terms of gaining experience, but also boosting their personal development and prospects of long-term employability.”
Kam Dehal, Associate Director of Business Development at East Surrey College, commented: “Apprenticeships such as those recently introduced at Marco are a great opportunity for students from the area to study at college, while having the chance to apply the skills that they learn directly to the workplace.
“Our apprenticeship programmes are always developed in response to the key needs of the business as well as the industry sector workplace, ensuring that local firms are able to experience the true value of employing apprentices within their organisation.”
The apprenticeship schemes are ideal for those who prefer vocational training and want to gain a qualification while working in order to get on the first rung of the career ladder, which is particularly important in a time of record youth unemployment. It is also further evidence of Marco delivering on its commitment to build a pool of local talent, which not only has a positive impact on the individuals but on the UK's economy as a whole.